Experts track newly formed storms over Atlantic, Pacific

Terry Joseph
August 19, 2018

With five named storms so far in 2018, forecasters are still calling for four to eight more before the end of hurricane season.

The possibility for Ernesto comes less than a week after the Climate Prediction Center reduced its forecast to reflect a below average hurricane season.

As of the 5 pm advisory on Thursday, Subtropical storm Ernesto remains over the open central Atlantic waters.

The National Hurricane Center said Lane was centered about 1,135 east-southeast of Hilo and was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour.

With the Wednesday mid-morning update from the National Hurricane Center, Ernesto was named with sustained winds of 40mph.

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"Some additional strengthening is possible during the next 24 hours, " the advisory said. This motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days, followed by a turn to the west-northwest, forecast to occur on Friday. "Let's not let our guards down though. hurricane season reaches its climatological peak next month".

Ernesto will continue to move northeast in the open Atlantic before likely transitioning into an extratropical low pressure system and could impact the United Kingdom in some form by next week, though likely not majorly.

You may remember Alberto was a subtropical storm when it moved through portions of Florida in late May.

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